What Do I Do If I’m Involved in an Accident with A Self-Driving Car? 

 The rules are straightforward when you get involved in a typical car accident. Don’t move the car away from the scene; protect the scene, take records, and call the police. Determining who to blame in most car accidents is usually obvious.

The case is different regarding autonomous vehicles; things can be complicated, and you may need professional help. While that is the case, the implications on pedestrians, drivers, and passengers in a self-driving car still hold.

If you have been in an accident involving a self-driving car, you must have asked yourself many questions. Who is liable? Which steps should you take?

4 Things to Do

Where is what you should do when you get involved in a self-driving car accident:

1. Protect the Scene

Regardless of how minor the accident is, don’t drive away. Stop and protect the scene by setting up flares to prevent more accidents. Ensure the scene is visible to other cars and pedestrians by turning on the hazard lights or even setting up cones, and stay away from traffic.

Vehicles involved should stay where they are unless they significantly interfere with traffic.

2. Call the Police and Record a Statement

Even when there are no severe injuries, it is a good idea to call the police. You will need a police report to file a claim with your insurance provider.

Give the police as many details as you can in the most accurate way possible when they come. Ensure that other parties involved in the accident are also providing accurate information.

3. Check for Injuries

After calling the police, start taking stock of the accident. Take a minute to calm down from the shock of the accident and check for injuries.

If there are serious injuries, call emergency services. If you suspect a head or spinal injury, don’t move unless there is immediate danger. You will not feel most minor injuries immediately, and the pain could kick in after a few hours or a day. So go for a physical check-up.

This will prevent minor injuries from escalating, and you will also help you get a doctor’s report which you may need for an injury claim.

4. Collect Data

If you are not seriously injured, you can take pictures of the scene while waiting for the police. Take photos of the vehicle for damage with your phone. In case you have visible injuries, take photos of them too.

Collect information on other drivers or persons involved, vehicle registration numbers, time and date of the accident, statements from witnesses, and additional information that may help investigate the accident.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

Have you been involved in a self-driving car accident and wondered about the next steps? Contact a car accident lawyer serving Northeast Philadelphia from the team at Katz Injury Law. Our attorneys will help you handle your unique case and fight for fair damage, injuries, and suffering claims.

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